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Superstars Blast Conor McGregor for Recent Comments About WWE Roster

Steven Rondina@srondinaFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2016

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 31:  UFC featherweight title challenger Conor 'The Notorious' McGregor of Ireland laughs at UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo during the UFC 189 World Championship Fan Event on March 31, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Conor McGregor kicked a hornet's nest on Friday. Speaking with the media on a conference call to promote UFC 202, the pay-per-view kingpin was asked if he had any interest in making the jump to professional wrestling in the WWE. His response to the question was both unkind and NSFW, and his opinions on the current crop of wrestlers? Well, again, unkind and NSFW.

While the talent didn't seem to catch his actual interview, McGregor's smarmy non-apology on Twitter led to an absolute tidal wave of bile being thrown his way on Sunday morning:

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

I didn't mean no disrespect to the @wwe fans. What I meant to say was that I'd slap the head off your entire roster. And twice on Sunday's.

Some of it was tongue-in-cheek, of course. Six-time world champion Chris Jericho jokingly questioned the legitimacy of McGregor's wins, while tag team champions Big E and Kofi Kingston both took fun jabs at him:

Chris Jericho @IAmJericho

Sorry pal no disrespect to u, but my fights are legit, unlike the fixed fights u have in @UFC. I’ll embarrass u. https://t.co/X5WCyeHYbf

Florida Man @WWEBigE

Would you prefer to find us individually or have us all line up at once? I know your time is valuable, sir. https://t.co/XPnKhWAlza

King T’Kofi @TrueKofi

Yikes, looks like @TheNotoriousMMA could really use a bowl of Booty O's right about now. Someone hook him up... https://t.co/aLuSQvt7P2

A number of the wrestlers took shots at McGregor's size. Among them were WWE main eventers AJ Styles (who is billed as 5'11", 218 lbs) and Roman Reigns (6'3", 265 lbs).

AJStyles.Org @AJStylesOrg

I think McGregor could do well in the featherweight division......if the WWE had one. https://t.co/90XGpSICS9

Roman Reigns @WWERomanReigns

Your the size of my leg. Shut up. https://t.co/fBVEdf8hE1

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His Irish brothers and sisters didn't go easy on him either:

Sheamus @WWESheamus

Never show a Jack Russell a mirror. It thinks it's a majestic Irish Wolfhound. Really, just an annoying wee yapper trying to sell tickets.

Rebecca Quin @BeckyLynchWWE

I'll stand aside.... Seeing as I've already beat you......@TheNotoriousMMA https://t.co/mshAMquu7O

Some of the wrestlers who responded were...less nice, particularly former stars MVP and Kurt Angle:

MVP @The305MVP

The way Nate Diaz Stockton slapped you or nah? https://t.co/PGDrBcVum7

Kurt Angle @RealKurtAngle

@TheNotoriousMMA @WWE very funny little guy. Why don't you get your head out of Dana White's ass

Bubba Ray Dudley @bullyray5150

I would pay good $$ to see @RealKurtAngle STRETCH THE PISS outta @TheNotoriousMMA and make him tap. #itstrue https://t.co/Uvo8H34nHy

The angriest of the lot, however, seemed to be the legendary Ric Flair, who fired three angry tweets McGregor's way over his words:

Ric Flair® @RicFlairNatrBoy

Coming from a guy who built a career copying my persona, I expected the type of class we get from Ronda or Anderson. https://t.co/iVoC0Xva5g

Ric Flair® @RicFlairNatrBoy

After Diaz finishes you again, I dare you to try guys like Dolph, Brock, or Fit. Oh you're welcome for your gimmick https://t.co/0qziVjlMav

Ric Flair® @RicFlairNatrBoy

If anyone doubts whether or not Doloh could tie Conor in a knot, do yourself a favor and Google his accomplishments https://t.co/h7mitMeBXn

It's unclear how much of this was serious on the wrestlers' part. As MMAjunkie's Brent Brookhouse and Middle Easy's Justin Golightly hinted at on Twitter, it feels like this may simply be both parties trading publicity. As combat sports writer David Bixenspan explained, the history is there to suggest McGregor may be looking to get his own Ronda Rousey moment at one of the major upcoming WWE events.

Either way, this stuff is both fun and easy to read into. Enjoy this ride, fans.

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